The provocative work of this German-American artist is receiving its first West Coast gallery show in more than 30 years. Richard Lindner (1901-1978) defied categorization by merging Expressionism, Satire, Pop Culture, and more. His distinctive imagery remains fresh and insightful.
Distinguished art historian Peter Selz is guest curator for the exhibition. Selz is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum. He assisted with the last major museum exhibition of Lindner, held in 1996-1997 at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich.
"During his lifetime, no one created fine art quite like Lindner's," Selz observes "He expressed aspects of the key European and American movements he witnessed – cubism, expressionism, surrealism, pop. His work is also a geographical synthesis – his being both German and American – resulting in an observation of urban American life as seen by a reflective outsider."
Selz adds, "There is also an eroticism, even fetishism, in Lindner that both fascinates and disturbs. It is adult work, to be sure."
"The time is right to present this extraordinary artist," says George Krevsky. "The show will be a reintroduction for viewers who already know Lindner – and an exciting discovery for those who have come of age since the 1970s."
Indeed, for Krevsky, it is these newer generations of art lovers who may have the most to gain from the experience. "Like any great artist, Lindner stood not only within his time, but also apart from his time," Krevksy notes. "And today his work is remarkably contemporary and powerful."